What are our obligations to care leavers who lose their own infants and children to the State? (March 2017)
An article about the removal of children from care-experienced parents, by Professor Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Dr Stuart Bedston, Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Lancaster University.
Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Volume 15 No. 3 (December 2016)
Read the special issue of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care on love in professional practice, which is packed with articles and reflections from academics and practitioners across the globe. This issue features a guest editorial from Dr Mark Smith, University of Edinburgh.
“Between a rock and a hard place”: Responses to Offending in Residential Childcare (October 2016)
There is current and ongoing concern regarding the potential criminalisation of looked after young people. To address these issues, CYCJ undertook a study which aimed to: gather more data about police contact for offending by young people in children’s houses; explore how practitioners make, and are supported to make, the decision to involve the police in incidents; and to survey what formal policies are in place within each local authority to aid decision making.
This report, written by CYCJ’s Kristina Moodie and Debbie Nolan, identifies the prevalent issues and tensions, and makes recommendations for going forward.
Social Work in Scotland – Audit Scotland (September 2016)
Social work in Scotland is at a watershed and the public and service users must be more involved in shaping future provision.
This report by the Accounts Commission, the local government spending watchdog, says councils now spend £3.1 billion on social work providing services to many vulnerable people.
Is there a link between childhood adversity, attachment style and Scotland’s excess mortality? (July 2016)
An article investigating potential links between childhood adversity, attachment style and Scotland’s excess mortality. Authors are M. Smith, A. E. Williamson, D. Walsh and G. McCartney.
The cost of not caring: supporting English care leavers into independence (December 2014)
Barnardo’s carried out detailed research with twenty care leavers across its services in England.
The research found that some care leavers are provided with good quality accommodation and support, but it ends abruptly when they turn 18; care leavers are often poorly prepared for how to run their own home, finding themselves unable to pay rent and getting into arrears; and that a lack of contingency planning offered by local authority departments was having a detrimental impact on costs to the public purse, with some not offering help to young people at the earliest opportunity.
Interpreting the Children and Young People Act 2014: Care Experienced Young People’s Views (November 2014)
This publication from Who Cares? Scotland offers insights into the experiences and views of young people, clarifying issues which are important to them, and provides suggestions on how the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 can deliver effectively on its intentions.
Self-Directed Support and Early Intervention (May 2014)
This paper by Tim Keilty was produced as part of In Control’s commitment to exploring how the approach to early intervention can be personalised to better support people at times of crisis or vulnerability.
Professor Pat Dolan
UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement; Founder and Director of UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.
Relationship Boundaries in Residential Child Care: Intimacy and safety in group care relationships (2014)
A practitioner research study exploring boundary decisions of residential child care workers in their relationships with young people.
“For effective aftercare, you need effective relationships” (2014)
The views of aftercare workers in Munster on the needs of young people leaving care and gaps in the current system. This paper from Julianne McSweeney assesses the current situation in relation to aftercare provision and identifies gaps in the system in Ireland.
Thro’ the een o’ caer leevers (Through the Eyes of Care Leavers) (November 2014)
The experience of young people leaving care and suffering from depression in Scotland. Marina Amaral’s thesis examines the Throughcare experience and outcomes achieved by young people who are simultaneously leaving care and experiencing depression.